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ursula burns
cyprian davis

terence blanchard
Ursula M. Burns is chairman and CEO of Xerox. With sales approaching $23 billion, Xerox is the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document systems.

When Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern, the company was the leader in the global photocopying market. As she later assumed roles in product development and planning, the company was securing its leadership position in digital document technologies. At a pivotal point in the company’s history, from 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams including the company’s color business and office network printing divisions.

In 2000, Burns was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. Alongside then-CEO Anne Mulcahy, Burns worked to restructure Xerox through its turnaround to emerge as a leader in color technology and document services. At the time Burns was responsible for leading Xerox's global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery. 

In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox, expanding her leadership to include the company's IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts. At that time, she was also elected a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Burns was named chief executive officer in July 2009 and shortly after, made the largest acquisitions in Xerox history, the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services. This merger extended the company’s reach into diverse areas of business process and IT outsourcing – an annual $500 billion industry.

On May 20, 2010, Burns became chairman of the company, leading the 140,000 people of Xerox who serve clients in more than 160 countries.

Burns was raised by a single mother in the Baruch Houses, a New York City housing project. Both of her parents were Panamanian immigrants. She attended Cathedral High School, a Catholic, all-girls school on in New York.

Burns resides in Rochester NY with her husband Lloyd Bean, daughter Melissa and stepson Malcolm. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.

In addition to the Xerox board, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Express Corporation. Burns also provides leadership counsel to community, educational and non-profit organizations including FIRST - (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the National Academy Foundation, MIT, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, among others. She is a founding board member of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving the U.S.’s education system in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  In March 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Burns vice chair of the President’s Export Council.

Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B. is a monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Evansville IN, a professor emeritus of church history at the St. Meinrad School of Theology, and an author of numerous works on black Catholic history.

Davis is also a faculty member in Xavier’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies in the area of church history. From 1984-90 he also served as an informal "internal academic dean" to ensure the Institute's scholarly and pastoral integrity.

A national leader in historical studies of the African American Catholic Church in the United States, Davis has authored several articles and books on the history and spirituality of African American Catholics; he wrote The History of Black Catholics in the United States for which he received an award from the American Catholic Historical Association.

Other books include The Church: A Living Heritage; Stamped with the Image of God: African Americans as God’s Image in Black, which he co-edited with Sr. Jamie T. Phelps, OP; Henriette Delille: Servant of Slaves, Witness to the Poor; and a book of historical essays about Saint Meinrad, To Prefer Nothing to Christ.

Davis joined the Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. He began teaching in 1957, later taking time off to earn a licentiate in 1963 and a doctorate in 1977, both in historical sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

In 2002, he was awarded the Johannes Quasten Medal for excellence in scholarship and leadership in religious studies from The Catholic University of America. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Saint Meinrad Alumni Association. He also received the Marianist Award from the University of Dayton in 2007 and the Acacia Award in 2010 from the Archdiocese of Louisville. He has previously received four honorary degrees.

Davis is the archivist for the Archabbey, the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation and the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, of which he was a founding member in 1968.

Terence Blanchard is an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer.

He emerged on the American music scene more than three decades ago with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and shortly thereafter with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Blanchard has gained universal recognition as one of the world’s leading jazz artists. He was considered an integral figure in the resurgence of jazz in the 1980s.

As a trumpeter and bandleader, Blanchard has recorded several award-winning albums for Columbia, Sony Classical and Blue Note Records, including Flow in 2005, which was produced by pianist Herbie Hancock and received two Grammy Award nominations. In all he has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning five.

His 2001 CD Let’s Get Lost featured new arrangements of classic songs written by Jimmy McHugh and performed by his own quintet along with the leading ladies of jazz vocals: Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Dianne Reeves, and Cassandra Wilson.

Along with his virtuoso as a performer and arranger, it is Blanchard’s work as a film composer that has reached his widest audience. His trumpet can be heard on nearly fifty film scores; more than forty bear his unmistakable compositional style. His most recent collaboration was the 2012 release Red Tails with executive producer George Lucas, for which he served as composer of the original score.

He has also composed for other directors, including Leon Ichaso, Ron Shelton and Kasi Lemmons. With over forty scores to his credit, he is the widely considered the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for movies. Entertainment Weekly proclaimed Blanchard "central to a general resurgence of jazz composition for film."

Blanchard has also served as artistic director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California, a conservatory that offers an intensive, tuition-free, two-year master's program to a limited number of students (up to eight students every two years), and as the artistic director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Blanchard, who was born and raised in New Orleans, studied with the Marsalis brothers at the famed New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. He still lives in the city with his wife Robin and his four children.


Information Session / Senior Roll Call
Monday, May 07, 9:00 a.m., University Gymnasium

College of Pharmacy Honors and Awards Program
Thursday, May 10, 7:00 p.m., University Center Ballroom A/B

Baccalaureate Mass & Awards Convocation
Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m., University Gymnasium




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Fr. Cyprian Davis
Terence Blanchard


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